Phil Wang (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Phil Wang

Exposing bigotry and the naivety of youth

Despite Phil Wang’s insistence that his hour will get ‘progressively weirder’, this debut set instead keeps things nice and safe albeit maintaining a decent level of amusement throughout. He’s not even so sure that he should be up on stage passing down anything remotely approximating wisdom. At 23 years old, Wang’s life experience to date means all he can really do is show an old person a few keyboard shortcuts.

The ridiculousness of youth is best summed up in the figure of Justin Bieber and a crass comment he left in the visitors’ book at the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. But can our Anti-Hero save us? Well, probably not, but this self-dubbed ‘feminist creep’ does have some droll observations in his armoury about the funny things bigots say and the institutionalised racism which exists everywhere from the Vatican to the Tardis.

Wang was previously part of the ‘stars of the future’ Comedy Zone and is a former Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, so his potential is strong. Once he gets a couple more Fringe hours under his belt, he should be a genuine force to be reckoned with.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 5.50pm, £8.50–£10 (£7–£9).

Phil Wang: Anti-Hero

  • 3 stars

Avalon Promotions. Winner of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award and Comedy Central's Funniest Student Award, Phil Wang presents his first grown-up hour of stand-up comedy. A collection of sharp observations and curious opinions, told with undue confidence. Prepare to meet the biggest Wang in comedy. As seen on…